Pay Governance LLC is an independent firm that serves as a trusted advisor on executive compensation matters.
Our work helps to ensure that our clients' executive rewards programs are strongly aligned with performance and
supportive of appropriate corporate governance practices.
Josh is a Consultant in Pay Governance’s Detroit office. Josh consults to compensation committees and senior management at public and private companies regarding compensation philosophy, Compensation Discussion and Analysis (“CD&A”) development, pay competitiveness, short- and long-term incentive plan design, non-employee director pay practices and other pay-related topics. Josh’s clients range from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies and span a variety of industries.
In addition to his client work, Josh also leads intellectual capital initiatives related to executive compensation programs at joint ventures (“JVs”) and is considered an internal subject matter expert with regards to JV compensation program benchmarking and design.
Prior to joining Pay Governance, Josh worked as a senior compensation consultant at Towers Watson and he also worked in the wealth management division of a global financial services firm and held Series 7, Series 66 and Series 31 securities licenses.
Josh holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Western Michigan University.
Talent retention is one of the executive pay program’s most important objectives. In order to minimize situations when retention is an issue with the pay program-rather than one of its characteristics-it is important to ensure the core elements are well designed and operating effectively. A strong pay program foundation includes target pay opportunities at market-competitive levels, incentive plans understood by participants, and payouts commensurate with performance. Continue reading →
Incentive plans have the potential to drive executives towards achieving superior results for their companies and investors. At the same time, real and perceived risks in these programs can either blunt the potential drive of management or encourage excessive risk taking. A key goal in well-designed executive incentive programs is to motivate executives to take the actions necessary to achieve strong results for shareholders while mitigating the motivation to take excessive risks. Continue reading →
In the current environment with Say on Pay votes and intense media scrutiny, it can be difficult to stay centered on the foundation of the executive pay program. While it is important to be aware of external views and commentary on “best practices”, companies must ensure that their executive pay program is built on a rock-solid foundation. In terms of the building blocks of the pay program, most companies apply a “market median” compensation philosophy, but there are a wider range of practices for the peer group, performance metrics and assessing pay-for-performance alignment. Continue reading →
A new Equilar report featuring commentary from Pay Governance and Donnelley Financial Solutions analyzes the compensation discussion and analysis (CD&A) section of S&P 100 proxy statements over the last five years. With the average CD&A reaching nearly 10,000 words, the report revealed key strategies in how companies design and communicate pay practices by using alternative pay graphs, checklists and other visualizations that help draw investors to the most important information.
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Matt Quarles has joined the firm as a Partner. In this role, Quarles is responsible for working with clients across industries on a wide range of executive compensation issues. He will be based in Los Angeles and has nearly 20 years experience in the executive compensation consulting industry.
Pay Energy®, a new proprietary assessment tool developed by Pay Governance
Pay Energy®, a new proprietary assessment tool developed by Pay Governance LLC, helps companies consider the “drive, discipline and speed” inherent in current programs and in alternative designs that may be evaluated.
“The fundamental philosophy of executive compensation is to ‘attract, retain and motivate’ a talented management team. So it’s concerning when you hear incentive awards are just put in desk drawers until plans mature,” said Pay Governance managing partner John England.